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Green Highways: New Strategies To Manage Roadsides as Habitat

Environment  (tags: flora, protection, climate-change, nature, habitat, GoodNews, green, government, environment, ecosystems, conservation )

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From northern Europe to Florida, highway planners are rethinking roadsides as potential habitat for native plants and wildlife. Scientists say this new approach could provide a useful tool in fostering biodiversity.

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Christeen A (370)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 5:04 pm
Thanks for sharing this with all of us. It sounds really great.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 5:09 pm
Christeen Anderson SAID IT.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 5:25 pm
Good. Thanks.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 5:38 pm
Thank you for the wonderful news!

John B (185)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 6:32 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Mr. Conniff. Great concept and I hope it is adopted by landscape firms and maybe even mandated by the Government.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:22 am
....very nice idea, LOTS of potential here, thanks for posting this Cal...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:21 am
It's a fantastic project for our future

Frances Darcy (135)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:44 am
Good article. Lovely to see the wild flowers and grasses on the roadside verges when driving along, even buttercups and daisys.

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:54 am
It's amazing how Nature will re-establish herself, when given the chance...

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:56 am
As a result of the cutbacks the Council here is cutting grass verges only half as often as previously. As a consequence the verges are awash with wild flowers and grasses. Looks beautiful....

Donna Matthews (261)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:56 am
I hope they find another solution because in my area I see dead deer, dead racoons, dead wildlife and even dead domestic animals as I drive from one community to another. Of course I live in a hardcore conservative area and the first things to go when doing highway clean up are wildflowers, trees, and other natural habitat plant life. If they could keep animals from being destroyed when living and visiting this area, than it would be more conceivable. We are also in a terrible drought and what the animals really need is to be by a river that actually has water in it. Perhaps we could talk farmers and ranchers into using an acre on each side of the river for natural habitat instead of the highway. That would also be a tremendous project and solutions to keep water in the river without harming agriculture would have to be found.It's just not a pretty sight to drive and to see so many dead animals, although I am all for the not mowing and allowing native grasses and wildflowers to grow! That would also be an uphill battle in our area.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:10 am
This would be great for bees and butterflies - we need many more natural areas.

TOM T (246)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:49 am
Awesome article & Thanks for sharing this !

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:03 am
Thanks for the post

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:31 am
Very interesting.

June M (139)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:47 am
thanks for sharing Cal

linda n (3877)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:48 am

Vita P (40)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:02 pm
Any green space is of great value for all living beings...
Thank you for sharing this.

cynthia l (207)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:19 pm
This is brillant!!! Kudos to richard Conniff for his indepth article. The US has 4 million mile os highway We are lagging behind France and hawaii in efforts to make habitats. It is so cool that Alabama, Idaho,W Virginia, Illlinois, Minn TX are planting milweed to feed and repopullate butterflies along the highways

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:34 pm
If they could combine this with high fences on the side of the highways and natural bridges for the larger animals to cross on that would be awesome!

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:00 pm
Duh gee, you would have thought they would conceived of this years ago. LOL Even along major highways you can find all kinds of wildlife and insects in the ditches and culverts. Besides a healthy roadside habitat helps to cut down on pollution. Some of those African trees that we imported to Toronto have fit in nicely and they don't need a lot of water.

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:19 pm
Good way of rethinking.

Paulett Simunich (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:24 pm
Wow!!!! this is a win,win, win,win, situation..adding habitate,,, for more bees and butterflies,,,,,aids in pollution, not to mention .beautification, and pollination......Does not get any better then this,,,,,,,,,

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 8:10 am
Great post Cal! Love the idea...Now let's get going on it!
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